Annual Friendship Rituals Keep Relationships Alive!

March 13, 2012
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A gorgeous day eating lunch outside overlooking the ocean with three of my favorite girlfriends. Afterwards, a walk along the shoreline, laughing and catching up. It’s a ritual Deb, Julie, Noonie and I create every winter to celebrate our birthdays.

Noonie, Diane, Deb and Julie (l to r)

We’ve been in each other’s lives since we worked at my small PR firm 20 years ago. Although now we only see each other as a foursome once or twice a year, our bond remains strong.  It’s our commitment to enduring friendship that has us clear our calendars for an annual girl’s day out.  But, it’s our ability to continue to connect at a soul level that makes our visits meaningful.  We are, what Deb calls, “sisters of the heart.”

We laugh at the past, with Julie’s detailed memory allowing us to recall the nuances of our lives. And, we share current victories and trials, helping each other remember our strengths and see new ways of looking at our circumstances.  As Noonie reminds us, “It’s a great life if you don’t weaken!” Best of all, we know that if one of us needs support, in any way, we’d respond an instant to be by her side.

This year, we committed to holding a summer weekend retreat with a workshop Deb will lead to help each of us intentionally design our futures – ones that I am sure will definitely include annual birthday lunches! How could they not?

Hugs to girlfriends everywhere for the fun, stability and accountability they bring to our lives!

–Diane

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